From Nicholls State Athletics
LAFAYETTE, La. – The Nicholls State University baseball team held a 1-0 lead against No. 5 University of Louisiana-Lafayette through five innings, but the Ragin' Cajuns tagged the Colonel bullpen for three runs in the sixth before adding a pair of insurance runs as the Colonels fell 5-1 on Tuesday night at Tigue Moore Field.
Nicholls (10-11) was led at the plate by senior infielder Philip Lyons, who was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and redshirt junior David Zorn who was 1-for-3 with a run. Zorn reached first on a bunt before stealing second and taking home on a Lyons single in the third inning.
Colonel lefty, Mike Hanchar had a strong outing through five innings, holding the high-powered Cajuns (18-2) to only three hits and no runs. Hanchar struck out four Cajuns in the no decision while walking two.
Behind Hanchar, the Colonels held strong before the Cajuns took a 3-1 lead after their sixth-inning barrage. With Ryan Deemes (1-2) on the mound, Caleb Adams and Seth Harrison singled and Tyler Girouard was hit by a pitch to load the bases for the Cajuns before Chase Compton singled up the middle to drive in Adams and Harrison. A sacrifice fly from Michael Strentz brought Girouard home before the Colonels were able to end the inning.
Cajun scoring continued in the seventh as Dylan Butler and Blake Trahan reached home in a one-hit, one-error inning. John Santriano was charged with one unearned run in 0.2 innings of relief.
The Cajuns paired strong hitting late with steady pitching throughout the contest as Ryan Wilson (2-0) allowed just two hits and one run through six innings, and Matt Plitt closed out the Colonels for one hit and no runs through the final three to earn the save. The duo combined for nine strikeouts, with Wilson recording six.
The Colonels and Cajuns will face-off in the second of a two-game home-and-home series tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at Ray E. Didier Field.